Some wedding proposals take place on a big screen in front of thousands of onlookers, while others take place in an intimate space made perfect by just two people. Regardless of the setting, it's the special touches and yes, the engagement ring, that makes that moment one to love and share forever.
Before taking the leap, these three couples went to Zadok Jewelers for their engagement rings and a whole lot more. From planning the proposal and creating the breathtaking ring to the wedding bands both husband and wife would love forever, the Zadok staff took a personal interest in making their clients wedding dreams become a reality.
Mike and Jennifer Quinn
Never underestimate the element of surprise. That, and a gorgeous engagement ring. Mike Quinn used both to propose to his (now) wife Jennifer while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas. The couple met in 1999 and in 2002, when they realized marriage was the next step, Quinn went to Zadok for the ring — and left with an elaborate and romantic proposal Jenny never saw coming.
The couple went to Zadok to look at rings, so Quinn knew what his future wife wanted, but after that he and Segev Zadok put the plan in motion.
"Segev was instrumental in the proposal. We were going on vacation to Cabo and the night before the trip he left a message saying the ring wouldn’t be ready for three more weeks," Quinn says. "It was in my pocket the whole time."
"I got on one knee and asked her to marry me to an old version of Frank Sinatra singing "The Way You Look Tonight.""
With no expectation of a wedding proposal on the horizon, the couple arrived at Las Ventanas, which was a total surprise to Jennifer since the travel agent Zadok had connected Quinn to created a fake itinerary, right down to the hotel where they stayed on their first trip to Cabo San Lucas.
Quinn had already scored big points since Las Ventanas was where Jennifer really wanted to stay, so when the couple enjoyed a dinner of lobster and crème brulee (her favorites) on a private terrace at sunset, the night was just about perfect.
And then came the proposal.
"After we finished Jennifer's "favorite things" dinner, we were sitting on lounge chairs on our terrace, listening to music and just looking out at the Sea of Cortez and the stars and I put "our song" midway through my iPod playlist as my cue to walk over to her lounge chair," Quinn says. "I got on one knee and asked her to marry me to an old version of Frank Sinatra singing "The Way You Look Tonight.""
Because Quinn and Segev had planned the proposal down to the minute detail and Quinn knew he wanted to propose at night, the jewelry box holding Jennifer's engagement ring was illuminated from within. Her ring sparkled and shone, just like the stars above.
"She was very excited and the ring is beautiful," Quinn says. The bride also purchased her wedding day jewelry from Zadok, which she wore on her wedding day at Las Ventanas.
Dr. Ed Kieke and Candy Elkins
Candy Elkins and Dr. Ed Kieke will always be extra thankful every year on Thanksgiving, since that was the day Kieke proposed to Elkins in front of the couple's closest family at the Four Seasons Hotel.
The couple were friends first, but as their connection and mutual affinity for German Chocolate Cake grew (more on the cake later), they soon knew this was a forever kind of thing. The couple visited Zadok to shop for Elkins' engagement ring and thanks to pre-shopping research, Elkins thought she knew exactly what she wanted.
And then she tried on a ring and promptly fell head-over-heels.
"I fell in love with the ring and didn't take it off. This one has a center cut round and a lot of bling."
"I fell in love with the ring and didn't take it off. This one has a center cut round and a lot of bling," she says. The couple worked with Sandy at Zadok and Kieke says the process was smooth, without any pressure.
Eventually Elkins did take the ring off, securing it in Zadok's layaway plan and Kieke began planning a holiday surprise for his sweetheart.
Remember the German Chocolate Cake? It was a wing man of sorts for Kieke who had a large cake made just for the occasion with the words, "I Love You. Will You…Love Always. Ed" on it. As the cake was rolled out, Kieke proposed to Elkins in front of 15 people, including her daughter.
"It was my first time to propose and I was very nervous, but it was wonderful because the key people in our lives were there to share it with us," Kieke says.
The couple then went on an "engagementmoon" to Park City, Utah for what the couple says was a truly magical time. And because the Four Seasons was such a memorable place for them, they are having their wedding and reception at the luxe hotel in August.
"It's perfect to have the wedding and reception there — we are pretty jazzed," Kieke says. The duo will also be making a return trip to Zadok for their wedding bands and Kieke, who works in sports medicine, says he will get two bands — one for work and a more stylish one for going out.
Just like with her ring, Elkins says she knew her wedding dress was perfect the moment she laid eyes on it.
"I pretty much know what I like when I see it," Elkins says.
Kieke says that makes him one lucky man.
Mewael and Elise Ghebremichael
Sometimes a wedding proposal takes a village. Just ask Mewael Ghebremichael. His romantic and endearing proposal plan required the use of Segev Zadok, family members and a realtor to make his bended knee moment happen.
The whole plan revolved around Seattle, the city where the couple met and coordinating not only getting Elise to the city, but also making sure their family was there too. But first there was the matter of the ring.
Ghebremichael and Segev Zadok were old friends and he had even worked in the store during college, so when the time came for him to propose, he knew exactly where to go. Knowing what kind of ring Elise wanted, however, was a whole other issue.
Sometimes a wedding proposal takes a village.
"I didn’t know what she wanted or what size her finger was, so Segev and I planned the whole thing. I like watches so I told her I wanted to go to Zadok and look at watches," Ghebremichael says. "I was hoping she would drift over to the jewelry and rings and start looking."
That she did, and Segev was nonchalantly taking notes along the way. A couple of days later Ghebremichael, went back to the jewelry store to see what his future bride chose the proposal plan was set in motion.
He planned to propose in Elise's native Seattle, on the rooftop of the high rise where he previously lived and where the couple spent time lingering over wine and spending time together. The only hiccup? Gaining access to the roof that just happened to overlook the Pacific Ocean. Ghebremichael called his former realtor, told her his plan and she made it happen
In Ghebremichael's Ethiopian culture, the parents are part of the engagement experience, so he arranged for them to be in Seattle, along with her family, saying it's a beautiful way to blend the two families together. They worked together to get Elise to the high-rise and on the roof and when the elevator slid open, the magic began.
"She goes all the way up and sees me and has no idea what is going on. She said, "What are you doing?" and was crying. I got down on one knee and proposed to her," Ghebremichael says.
He had set the scene with flowers, candles and champagne and after she said yes, the two enjoyed the same spot where they had fallen in love. They ended the evening with their families at the restaurant where they had their first date and Ghebremichael says he couldn't have done it without Segev.
"He was my partner in crime and helped me tremendously," Ghebremichael says.
Want to know how Zadok Jewelers can make your engagement ring experience memorable? Don't miss the Grand Wedding Band Event March 15 to 16! Bridal brand representatives from more than 25 companies will be on hand to help you plan your special day. Contact Zadok Jewelers at (713) 960-8950 for more information.